We all know that we should take enough vitamin C-rich foods each day. But what does this humble vitamin actually do for us? First of all, it was the first supplement to be manufactured artificially and is hailed as an anti-oxidant hero. We know that anti-oxidants are essential to fighting disease-causing free radicals, but a […]
Lina Kumar is a podiatrist that qualified from Plymouth and Brighton Universities with a BSc (Hons) and MSc in Podiatry in 2001 and 2004 respectively. Since then she has worked for the NHS and private sector as a podiatrist with a special interest in wound care and diabetes.
In 2016 Lina qualified as a nutritionist from the Blackford Institute and has since followed her passion in this field. Lina is a believer in a balanced dietary regime and advocates the Mediterranean Diet. Having been born and brought up in Cyprus, she had the blessing to be surrounded by fields of fig, citrus, olive, cherry and almond trees, vineyards, as well as an array of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs. She was privileged enough to be able to go into the garden and pick these foods fresh from the field and have a diet that was based on wholesome and organically-grown food.
Since having moved to the UK in 1998 she has strived to have as healthy a diet as possible for herself and her family, with fresh produce, olive oil (which her mum and dad still make at the olive mill from their own olive trees and bring over to England on their visits), nuts and seeds, fish and little meat.
With the steep rise in diabetes, obesity and heart disease, it is in our hands to take control of our health and, along with exercise and a happy mind, use food as a powerful tool to take control and fend off disease.
Diabetes and endocrine health issues are multifactorial metabolic conditions, which need a multi-faceted approach. This is comprised of medical therapeutics such as nutrition, exercise, motivation and structured education in order to achieve optimal outcomes for prevention and cure. Recognising this early in her career as a specialist podiatrist, Lina decided to add an important aspect of nutrition to her clinical approach eg: mediterranean diet in diabetes, iodine replete state in thyroid, calorie deficit in weight loss, current concepts of intermittent fasting etc.
In this blog, we will explore the power that lies in naturally-occurring foods and how we can use them to optimise our health, based on what issues we experience.
We cover many aspects of food and nutrition, with a focus on the key ingredients of the Mediterranean diet, which is evidence-based again and again for its benefits.
Happy reading and please get in touch with your comments or questions- I love questions!
Articles by Lina
It is a well-known fact that food manufacturing and what we choose to eat directly affect the planet. This is mostly due to the mass farming of meat, as well as the globalisation of the food industry. Both of these facts mean that a lot of foodstuffs may have travelled from other countries to get […]
This is a powerful statement and one of my favourites: “90% of diseases known to man are caused by cheap foodstuffs” (Lindlahr, V. You Are What You Eat, 1942). Some people may find this statement negative and judgemental, but I, on the other hand, find it empowering and celebratory. It tells us that we have […]
Red meat can form an important part of a balanced, nutritious diet. The type to go for should be derived from the organic, free-range source and, crucially, in its unprocessed form. For example, an oven-cooked piece of lamb or beef from the nearby organic farm grown grazing free in the field is acceptable to have […]
The Lancet magazine (April 2019 edition) has published the findings of an international research project about the relationship between diet and chronic diseases (A systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017). It describes how millions of people globally have a diet rich in processed food and poor in phytonutrients. The main concerns are: […]
A fascinating article with a refreshing new piece of evidence. That’s why we are all about the MD! https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/03/health/diet-global-deaths-study/index.html